Organizing DIY Events in Alternative Spaces

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Have you ever wanted to create your own event or produce a series of concerts somewhere other than a traditional venue? As this TRACK: Industry Insights module reveals, the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) model represents an exciting opportunity to build events rooted in creativity, inclusivity, and challenging the status quo. In these videos, four industry professionals who work in the DIY event scene offer practical guidance to anyone looking to put on their own event in an alternative space.

Table of Contents

The DIY Business Model

Making space for music in unconventional spaces can be a challenging and rewarding endeavour. Learn more about the DIY and grassroots business models that challenge the status quo of music experiences.

Building an Audience

DIY music scenes are built on community. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to think outside the box to make your event inclusive, adaptive, and exciting.

Finding a Unique Space

Finding the right space can add a special something to your event. In this lesson, you’ll learn practical tips for finding new event spaces off the beaten path.

Design, Production, and Permits

The unique and unconventional spaces DIY events occupy make for certain challenges, but also present some exciting opportunities. Learn about some of the foundations of event production that take DIY spaces from unconventional to exceptional.

The Importance of Community and Creating Safer Spaces

Weaving community and safety into every decision as an event producer is the path to delivering a positive audience and artist experience. In this lesson, you’ll learn to keep safer space-making front of mind from start to finish.

Meet the Contributors

Said Yassin

Sarah Barrable-Tishauer

Jonny Dovercourt

Amy Gottung

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